When I was 25 years old, when I was worried about my future and alienated from the world, one of my teachers, Kenichi Sawai (founder of Taikiken), told me a story about a broken clock with no moving hands.
“Mr. Royama, you can never throw away a broken clock. It can point to the exact time twice a day. This is not because a broken clock is chasing time, but only that time has been matched to a broken clock. Similarly, no matter how much you chase the world, the world is not so easy. Rather, work hard on martial arts and life training and becoming good person, the time will come when the world needs you. Do not hesitate to practice.”
These words are still a great support in my karate life.